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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Mar 9, 2010 2:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Linux apps out there? any good? non-Dead

stealyourwife was making a good case for the Linux operating system in the pitch-correction thread he started. He was asking about old GD tapes being in tune. btw, I was sold on Linux being good-to-go over 6 years ago.

I'm an old DOS user. I've been running Windows since 1.0. At that time, MicroSoft had a competing GUI operating system named GEM, by Digital Research. GEM blew the doors off Windows. Ventura Publisher s/w ran in the GEM environment when it first came out. Published by Xerox Corporation, Ventura Publisher was the 1st and best desktop publishing s/w in the world. I was running all that stuff back then.

Then the Mac came out.

So, for example, how do Mac users rate these high-end audio, video, and graphics apps, that are running in Linux today?

Do they have Linux apps out there that hold up to Photoshop, Illustrator, CorelDraw, Dreamweaver, and Samplitude? Many of these and other programs have been ported to other popular operating systems successfully over the years: Windows / Mac / Unix. Nothing new going on here.

Obviously, MicroSoft operating systems and software are nothing but virus infested incubators at best. On any given day, Windows continues to be the most unstable and unreliable operating system in the world.

I can handle Linux. It's like Unix, right? I can do that. I've been waiting for these killer Apps to get there. Are they there yet?

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Poster: spacedface Date: Mar 9, 2010 2:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Linux apps out there? any good? non-Dead

While Windows can be a bit like the Wild West for drivers, it's been working fine for me since XP. I just don't use many other Microsoft products, like Internet Explorer or Office, and keep CCleaner, AdAware, AVG, etc updated.

The Mac OS is better, but for the most part the best Mac and SGI apps were ported long ago.

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Mar 10, 2010 6:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Linux apps out there? any good? non-Dead

Hey Spaced, I use Adaware but have never used CCleaner - what is your experience with CCLeaner?

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Poster: Stealz Date: Mar 10, 2010 6:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Linux apps out there? any good? non-Dead

Obviously I'm not spacedface but I've been using CCleaner for a few years now and find it to be both powerful and light at the same time. Very easy to use and it does a more than adequate job in so far as registry cleaning goes.

I run it every time I close my browser because it is so quick and efficient. I think you will be impressed if you give it a try.

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Mar 10, 2010 6:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Linux apps out there? any good? non-Dead

Thanks for quick reply. I'll give CCLeaner a go, as a free registry cleaning tool is something I could use.

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Poster: staggerleib Date: Mar 10, 2010 9:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Linux apps out there? any good? non-Dead

I find that CCLeaner finds a lot of false positives, and isn't really the ideal. I know other techy guys that swear by it, but for my money, I've never had any registry issues with Win7, and Spyware is never an issue since Spybot search and destroy.

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Poster: spacedface Date: Mar 10, 2010 10:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Linux apps out there? any good? non-Dead

First, on Windows again, they did the TimeMachine feature right (forgot the name; that's the Mac version). It's maybe the best thing MS ever did - very easy to back out of installs that cause problems. -- ah "System Restore"

CCleaner gets rid of all kinds of stuff, including temp file, Flash temps -- Adobe's "Local Shared Objects", Microsoft's "User Data Persistence", recent movie and other files for Windows, Explorer, and Firefox all at once.

But I've found that AdAware finds more tracking cookies after CCleaner than Spybot. Here's a few articles that seem good, but I usually don't bother with Cached DNS Entries:

http://lifehacker.com/5395267/how-to-really-browse-without-leaving-a-trace

http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2009/09/new-cookie-technologies-harder-see-and-remove-wide



This post was modified by spacedface on 2010-03-10 18:29:40

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Poster: spacedface Date: Mar 10, 2010 10:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Linux apps out there? any good? non-Dead

I'm not obsessive with this stuff but I don't like people watching without permission and sweep up a few times a week.

If they really want my data they'll have to pay Google or my ISP, or have access through Carnivore or other backdoors. Like the US-mandated ones the Chinese used recently.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-10446503-38.html
http://www.akdart.com/carniv.html
http://www.cas.sc.edu/socy/faculty/deflem/zgovernterror.html

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Mar 10, 2010 11:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Linux apps out there? any good? non-Dead

Thanks for the article links. I find keeping Mr. PC clean keeps it running smoother. My PC is 5 years old and still runs pretty darn good even with my kids accessing all sorts of websites and game apps. I suppose the McAfee and firewall don't hurt.

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Poster: stealyourwife Date: Mar 9, 2010 8:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Linux apps out there? any good? non-Dead

I really can't say that linux apps are as good as their mac/windows counterparts, but I do know that a great deal of them do as much, and more than what average users wanna get out of them. Mac, using OSX, which is based on FreeBSD, runs alot of the open source apps that you can find in Linux. There's some that even work on windows. http://www.opensourcewindows.org/

Gimp, for example, is the open source answer to Photoshop and while it's not gonna replace Photoshop as a professional grade image manipulator, it can do alot of what Photoshop does and should satisfy any home desktops needs...for free.

My favorite is definitely Ardour. It's a really good sound recording/editing application. It's been ported to OSX in a closed source version called Mixbus recently. Again, it might not be what professional DAW's are flocking to at the moment but it definitely is more than capable of turning an average computer into a home recording studio.

Hydrogen is a killer drum machine application.

Rosegarden is linux's renowned midi sequencer (i dont use midi so i have no idea if it's good)

there's tons of other apps too and they just run fast and never get spam or virus's, no shareware, nag screens, none of that and it's all free, and for my purposes it does more than i require of it so it's just the bees knees imo.

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Mar 10, 2010 9:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Linux apps out there? any good? non-Dead

Thanks for your kind responses and tech support on Linux. I agree with spacedface on XP being very usable. When my XP boot-drive failed a year ago, I replaced my hard drive. I re-installed Win XP from scratch, using the CD supplied with my 4-year old Gateway box. I re-installed my device drivers, which I d/l from their website. Only with a super-clean environment, do I agree that XP runs decently for me. My ISP supplies McAfee virus protection at no extra cost, but it doesn't protect against spy-bots.

Can anyone recommend any good freeware for getting rid of spy-bots and spyware? Something as good as Trader's Little Helper, or uTorrent, or FileZilla, for example

I agree on Win XP browser and file manager issues. Internet Exploder is not a favorite of mine. It is a piss-poor file mangler, when you need one. However, drag 'n drop, and double-click are some very nice GUI features. So, how to best manage all your files, in very serious file manipulations - say, highly selective sorts over several hundred thousand files, for example? I use ZtreeWin for this. I use Firefox for my main browser. I also use Opera and Internet Exploder for proofing my webpages. My final proofreading and testing of my webpages which I create at home -- I go down to the public library and browse my webpages there. They're running Internet Exploder browsers there.

I avoid other MicroSoft products like the plague. For text, I use Word Pad and Note Pad, that's it. No MS Office for me. I run Google Desktop. It's very nice, I think. Besides the killer search facility, I like a few of their utility Gadgets.

Linux is very tempting for me. Maybe once XP goes extinct - to where grandfathering stuff along is no longer feasible, that might be my cue to go Linux.

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Poster: stealyourwife Date: Mar 10, 2010 10:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Linux apps out there? any good? non-Dead

You can try most linux distributions without affecting your XP installation. Like I said in the "are these tapes in tune" posts, dyne:bolic is specially geared for audio/video editing. If you wanna try a more well rounded desktop distribution I'd recomend PCLinuxOS or Ubuntu Linux. They both have instructions on their homepages for downloading/burning the .iso images to a blank cd..then you just reboot and run your OS from the cdrom. If you like it you can install it to your harddrive along side your XP install and be able to choose when you boot...thus a "dual booting" machine.

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